Queso Murcia al Vino from Spain is commonly sold in the United States under the brand name “Drunken Goat,” because the cheese is soaked in a red wine during its aging cycle. The very dark, tannic, “doble pasta” wine is made with twice the normal amount of grape skins to juice. It stains the thin rind a deep burgundy color, which is striking against the bright white paste and imparts a slightly fruity aroma.
Wheels can be small, weighing only around 8 ounces or larger, up to four pounds.
According to the Professional Cheesemakers of Spain site at http://www.queseros.com, Murcia al Vino cheese can be made in any of the provinces of Murcia, a very dry region in the Southeast of Spain. The milk for the cheese comes only from goats of the Cabra de Murcia breed.
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